Computers on campus, in IT labs and offices, are connected to the university networks and are automatically patched and checked for viruses and other malware. However, there is more to information security than just software patching and virus scanners!

Lock your computer

To lock the desktop on a staff Managed Desktop machine, simply press the Windows and "L" keys on your keyboard.

To unlock the desktop,  simply move the mouse or tap a key

  • At the time of writing, student / lab machines cannot be locked.

File your papers safely

Information security isn't just about computers. We all still use paper records, minutes of meetings and even our own notes.  These could contain personal information which needs to be secure.

  • Keep sensitive hard copy records locked away when not in use
  • Use lockable filing cabinets
  • Ensure you pick up all pages of any documents you print
  • Maintain a strict shredding policy

Be Vigilant

A vast amount of computer device and data theft is opportunistic. Thieves slip into buildings or rooms and simply grab what's available.  A few simple steps can help prevent this from happening at work (or at home)

  • Keep doors and windows locked
  • Be vigilant about granting access to any visitors, and escort them where appropriate
  • Ask un-escorted strangers in secure areas if they need help, rather than let them loiter
  • Watch out for tail-gaiters! Don't let anyone follow you into access-controlled parts of buildings
  • Be aware that on campus, or anywhere else, people can look over your shoulder and read the screen, or papers you are working on